Coach or a hoax

Testing this tool.



1/8/2022 0 min read

When two middle-class ladies from the early and mid-1900th century started to hassle with Carl Jung's psychological theories, they didn't understand what kind of disservice they did for the whole psychometric testing. Myers-Briggs is currently and surprisingly still widely used but even more widely refuted due to the lack of scientific evidence and validated methods.

I couldn't stop laughing when I read this statement by psychometric specialist Robert Hogan: "Most personality psychologists regard the MBTI as little more than an elaborate Chinese fortune cookie ..."

Putting people in small four-letter boxes is an unethical and horrible practice. It is like using animals to test cosmetics. It tries to cover the ugly face of truth: this is for making money, not to make you beautiful.  Every person is different, and only Ford managed to sell us the idea of every colour is available as long as it's black. And in the US, that's the only black that matters. Money.

Myers-Briggs has become a snake oil emporium selling nonsense to big and small corporates making money and faking science. How convenient.

When it comes to helping people to understand themselves and others better, there is no easy road to success. No four-letter foolery can help. Every coach knows that only empathy, compassion and wisdom are the tools that work.

Playing with so called personality types and putting labels on the foreheads is just plain wrong and patronising. It is a sign of mental laziness hiding behind these fortune cookies.

People deserve more: they deserve to be treated as individuals, understood as human beings and respected as equal members of society. A coach who is not curious and enthusiastic about their coachee as an individual with a unique opportunity to grow and shine is not a coach but a hoax.

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